Today's News

  • Dixie Youth baseball signups under way at Harriman Parks & Rec.

    Dixie Youth Baseball signups will be held at the Harriman Community Center  beginning Saturday and extending through March 4, Monday through Saturday. Hours for registration will be 1 - 9 p.m. for ages 4-12. Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate if he or she has never played in this league. Coaches may sign up also.
    For more information, contact Tina Spears at 882-0942 or tinaspears@yahoo.com.


    Three siblings from Kingston have a unique bond that transcends genetics.

    Evan, Justin and Laina McCroskey have all attended — and graduated from — the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Their parents, Wesley and Debra McCroskey, aren’t sure where that interest started, as they were not a military family. However, they believe that Wesley McCroskey’s private pilot’s license and passion for flying may have contributed to some degree.

  • State roadwork may tax motorists

    Nine Roane County transportation projects are in the hopper to be completed under Gov. Bill Haslam’s transportation plan.

    While Haslam proposes cutting the sales tax on food another .50 percent to 4.5 percent, he is also advocating to raise the gasoline tax by 7 cents per gallon and by 12 cents a gallon for diesel to more quickly address those and the more than 900 other projects. He’s also proposing raising the registration fee by $5 for the average passenger vehicle.

  • Feds indict Harriman man who fired shots

    Christopher John Harmon, a 37-year-old Harriman man, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday.

    He’s charged with being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition.

    The charge stems from a Jan. 3 incident at an apartment on Anzie Way in Harriman. According to a criminal complaint filed by ATF Special Agent Rebecca Bobich, Harriman police responded to a report of shots fired in Apartment D2 around 10:45 p.m.

  • Roane official at inauguration
  • New trial date for meth suspects

    Three people charged in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy had their trial dates rescheduled last week.

    Demetrius Hodges, Alfred Barrett and Justin Redmon were scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 28. U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr. rescheduled the trials to Aug. 22 during a hearing at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    Another co-defendant in the case, Anthony Jones, was scheduled to have a change of plea hearing last week, but it was reset for Feb. 7.

  • Blood drive honors Summitt legacy

    Medic Regional Blood Center is rallying donors to help The Pat Summitt Foundation during a Feb. 1 blood drive at Rockwood Walmart. The blood drive will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    It’s part of Medic’s effort toward funding of organizations engaged in patient care, caregiver support, and Alzheimer’s disease clinical research.

    Former Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt was a blood donor and an advocate for Medic and the community blood supply.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Lawmen held to accountability

    In the past few years I’ve heard a lot of stories about problems in law enforcement. Everything from bad shootings to bad traffic stops, excessive use of force and civil rights violations.

    When such bad behavior happens it usually makes the news, but generally the incidents are by far the exception rather than the rule.

    Another criticism leveled at law enforcement is a lack of accountability when mistakes are made.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: An open letter to We, The People

    Sending an “open letter” to President Trump has been in vogue these days.

    Social activists, business moguls, media chieftains and political leaders all have penned a multitude of them since the November election. Some offer advice, some raise alarms, some offer praise and some just convey insults.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: President and curmudgeon allied on education

    Since we have some shocking comments to make, we ought to go ahead and get them out of the way right off the bat, so here goes: President Donald J. Trump and the old curmudgeon see eye-to-eye and stand shoulder-to-shoulder together 100% on one of the issues about which he spoke in his inaugural address.